Quinn holds on in shortened GT finale
Tony Quinn benefited form a time shortened finish to take victory in the third and final race of the weekend for the Australian GT Championship at Sandown.
As was the case in Satuday’s Race 1, the Aston Martin driver gained the advantage from early leader Richard Muscat due to a shorter designated stationary time for the compulsory pitstop.
Muscat’s Mercedes reeled in Quinn during the closing stages but was then denied a chance at victory by the chequered flag, which was waved two minutes early due to scheduling constraints.
“I just tried to set a steady pace and keep Richard within sight,” said Quinn post-race, having also beaten the youngster in Race 1 on Saturday, which ended under a Safety Car.
“I knew that if I stayed close, we could come out ahead of him after the stop and then it was just a matter of hanging on until the flag.
“I didn’t expect to see the flag come a lap early, but that’s what happens with these time sensitive races on the V8 Supercar program – that’s the way it goes.”
Muscat now holds a reduced 22 point championship lead heading to the final round at Quinn’s own track at Highlands Park in New Zealand.
Justin McMillan and David Russell combined to take third in Race 3 aboard the former’s Lamborghini.
Russell stepped into the car for the weekend in place of regular Steven Richards, who elected to focus on his Sandown 500 V8 Supercars duties with Red Bull.
The John Bowe/Peter Edwards Maranello Ferrari, John Morris Porsche and Ross Lilley Lamborghini completed the race’s top six.
The Highlands Park event will take place in just under two months time.